Monday, June 11, 2012

Di Matteo on brink of Chelsea deal... and it will be for longer than one year

Robert di Matteo is close to being confirmed as Chelsea's full-time manager.
As Sportsmail revealed last week, the European champions have asked Di Matteo to remain in charge after the Italian guided them to a stunning Champions League and FA Cup double as their 'interim first-team coach'. 
Contract terms have now been agreed - and it is definitely more than a one-year deal that would look like he was simply holding the fort until Pep Guardiola made himself available.

Getting away from it: Roberto Di Matteo looks set to finally be confirmed as Chelsea manager for next season. He has been enjoying a summer break from the game

On Sunday night both sides were hoping to complete negotiations within the next 48 hours.
Some finer points of the agreement still need to be thrashed out but, after considering his options, Roman Abramovich has listened to Chelsea's players and asked Di Matteo to continue the excellent work he has done for the Stamford Bridge club.

Best ever: Di Matteo led Chelsea to their first ever European cup triumph

Frank Lampard, who captained Chelsea to Champions League glory, said in the aftermath of the Munich finale: 'I can't speak highly enough of him. Look at our record: what he has done is no coincidence. He has created an atmosphere and got players playing.
'The camp's very happy and you can see that in the results. Those results don't lie.

'The players were here anyway but what he has done by bringing them together and getting results like at Barca, and others before, has been amazing.'
Guardiola, who is enjoying a break from the game after four years with Barcelona, has suggested he can be lured back to football before too long - and was hotly tipped to take over at Chelsea at the end of next season.

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